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How to Plan a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

Planning the Perfect Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

A tradition for centuries, bachelor and bachelorette parties have been a favorite pastime of brides and grooms. Originally created as a fun last night out for grooms, today brides also get in on the fun. Here are few great tips that will help you plan the best bachelor or bachelorette party yet.

Decide on a Host

First of all, decide who will assume the primary hosting duties. Typically, the maid of honor or best man will host the event, but bridesmaids and groomsmen can all share in the responsibilities. Even coworkers or relatives may want in on the fun.

Once the hosts are established, it’s time to make a guest list. While shower guests are typically invited to the wedding, this isn’t necessarily true for bachelor and bachelorette parties. If the wedding is small or out of town and you have a limited guest list, your bachelor or bachelorette party is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and relatives who may not be attending the ceremony. Try to keep the event guest list under 20 people, which makes it easier to manage.

Set the Date

Now that your guest list is created, it’s time to decide on a date. Try to steer clear of the night before the ceremony—the last thing a bride or groom wants is to be hungover during their vows! A good time frame would be at least two or three nights before their nuptials, allowing plenty of time for the bride and groom to prepare for the big day.

After the date is set, the planning begins. Depending on the type of event, the hosts may need to ask for donations from guests to cover costs. Most importantly, the bride or groom should not have to contribute, as this is their special evening. Be reasonable in your spending, as a great time can be had no matter what your budget.

Spread the word about the upcoming bachelorette party by using traditional paper invitations, or sending emails to guests. Choose a design or theme that suits the bride or groom’s personality.

The Big Night

When the big event arrives, the most important thing is to relax and help the bride and groom have a great time. Wedding planning is a stressful process, and a wonderful night out can give the bride or groom a well-deserved break. Whether you’re celebrating at someone’s home, a favorite restaurant, or dancing at a club, you’re bound to have a blast.